Selleslaghs, Joren

Associate Research Fellow
Research Interests 
  • Latin American regionalism
  • EU Foreign Policy
  • Science Diplomacy
  • Security Governance
  • Environmental Cooperation


  • PhD Candidate (2018) International Relations and Diplomacy, Leiden University
  • PhD Summer Programme on Latin American, European and Comparative Regionalism, Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar Ecuador
  • MA EU International Relations and Diplomacy (Cum Laude) College of Europe
  • MSc European Studies (Magna Cum Laude), Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • BA Political Science (Magna Cum Laude) Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Biographical Statement 

Joren Selleslaghs is a diplomat (in training) at the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Trade as from October 2017. Joren is also a PhD researcher and lecturer on EU International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University as well as Associate Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS). For UNU-CRIS, Joren conducts research on EU-Latin America region-to-region relations and is part of the Horizon 2020 project (EL-CSID) on the European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy where he leads the reserach on EU-Latin America Science Diplomacy.

Joren graduated cum laude from the College of Europe (MA EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies) and magna cum laude at the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (MSc European Studies). Joren is also an external evaluator/expert for the European Commission and member of the Board of Directors of the Europe-Central America Chamber of Commerce. Joren previously worked as an EU Innovation Consultant at PNO Consultants (the Netherlands), The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, the cabinet of a Belgian Member of the European Parliament and the External Relations department of the Belgian Permanent Representation towards the European Union. He was the Belgian Youth Ambassador towards the UN 2011-2012 and also active as a development worker for UNICEF in Tanzania and Central America.

His main research interests relate to regionalism, the relations between different regions (interregionalism), Latin America and the European Union’s Foreign Policy. Currently, he works on themes such as Security Governance, Science Diplomacy and Environmental Cooperation in combatting the consequences of Climate Change.